Editorial: Vaccination campaign must stay one step ahead of virus variants

The campaign has to double its current rate of weekly jabs by next month if it is to reach its long-promised targets

16th May, 2021
Editorial: Vaccination campaign must stay one step ahead of virus variants
The worrying news of a more transmissible variant comes as Ireland’s own drop in Covid-19 numbers is exceeding expectations, with case numbers and hospital metrics falling far lower than projected.

British nerves were fraying last week as our neighbours grappled with a sudden rise in cases of a new Sars-CoV-2 variant from India, known as B16172

On Friday, Chris Whitty, England’s chief medical officer, confirmed that the new variant was even more transmissible than the B117 variant, and that it would soon come to dominate cases of the virus across Britain.

The fear now prevalent among much of Britain’s scientific community is that...

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